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Atlanta Falcons blog by the AJC's D. Orlando Ledbetter

EXCLUSIVE Q&A: Dimitroff & Pioli ready to make moves

  • 7:27 am Friday, January 31st, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

NEW YORK – Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff and new assistant general manager Scott Pioli made the rounds at radio row on Thursday at the Super Bowl.

Afterwards, Dimitroff granted an exclusive interview to me and columnist Jeff Schultz of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Schultz, a long-time former beat writer, went into “Beast Mode” and I knew to just get downfield and get some blocks for him. When he needed a break, I jumped in with a question or two, until he got his wind back.

Here’s the full transcript on the wide-ranging interview:

Q: When will you all start making moves?

A: I believe that on February [More]

Marshawn Lynch spoke with the media

  • 5:56 pm Thursday, January 30th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

RUNNING BACK MARSHAWN LYNCH ON THURSDAY

(on this being the last day of team media sessions) “It’s going to be good to get back to football. Very good.”

(on some of his best games coming in the playoffs and what he attributes that to) “I’m not sure, man. It’s not like I prepare any different. Couldn’t tell you.”

(on when he knew Russell Wilson would be good) “I don’t know. You just hope for the best for him. It was probably during the preseason when he started showing flashes of it, and then his work ethic just took over. That was probably something [More]

Seattle DE Red Bryant on overcoming Dyslexia

  • 3:41 pm Thursday, January 30th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

QUOTES FROM SEATTLE SEAHAWKS MEDIA SESSION ON THURSDAY

DEFENSIVE END RED BRYANT

(on why he is able to be effective in Seattle’s 4-3 under defensive formation) “I just feel like what I bring to the team is I’m able to stop a lot of the run, the runs that teams like to run, and it allows our rushers on the open side to get after the passer.”

(on the 4-3 under formation) “I feel like against Peyton (Manning) we might run a lot of nickel given the fact that they come out in a lot of living personnel, and they like to spread [More]

Seattle QB Russell Wilson on mobile quarterbacks

  • 3:36 pm Thursday, January 30th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

QUOTES FROM SEATTLE SEAHAWKS MEDIA SESSION ON THURSDAY

QUARTERBACK RUSSELL WILSON

(on being a captain in the Super Bowl) “Obviously, the Super Bowl logo means the world to us. It’s something that we take a lot of pride in. We wanted to get here. That was our goal, to go 1-0 every week and try to get here. Have a championship offseason, have a championship season. To have the captain patch in my second year, it’s an honor. My teammates are unbelievable. I just try to be part of the team and try to do everything I can to help our football team [More]

Denver QB Peyton Manning on his New Orleans’ roots

  • 10:16 am Thursday, January 30th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

Denver CB Champ Bailey on Seattle’s offense

  • 10:14 am Thursday, January 30th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

VIDEO: Demaryius Thomas on his summer workout buddies Calvin Johnson and A.J. Green

  • 2:57 pm Wednesday, January 29th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

QUOTES FROM DENVER BRONCOS MEDIA SESSION ON WEDNESDAY

WIDE RECEIVER DEMARYIUS THOMAS

(on playing on a prolific offense) “It feels great. For a group of guys to go out this year and put up the numbers that we did, it all started with hard work at OTAs and minicamp. (Offensive Coordinator) Adam Gase, (QB) Peyton Manning and (Head) Coach (John) Fox prepared us and put us in a great situation. It feels great to be part of breaking all these records. The only thing that makes it better now is to win. People will say you are part of history but at the end of [More]

VIDEO: Richard Sherman on the ‘Legion of Boom’ defense

  • 1:41 pm Wednesday, January 29th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

SEATTLE CORNERBACK RICHARD SHERMAN

(Wednesday’s transcript)

(on if bad weather would benefit the Seahawks) “I really don’t think it benefits anybody. I think at the end of the day it’s going to come down to who plays the most effective football. Yeah, that’s really all I have to say about that. The weather will be what it is, both teams have played in cold weather games and been successful. I think it will come down to who executes better.”

(on the Broncos receivers) “I think they have a very strong receiving corps. Demaryius Thomas does a great job catching the football on his face, [More]

PFWA’s statement on Marshawn Lynch’s media day unavailability

  • 9:56 am Wednesday, January 29th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

PFWA STATEMENT ON MARSHAWN LYNCH’S ALLEGED PARTICIPATION IN SUPER BOWL MEDIA DAY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 29, 2014

Contact: D. Orlando Ledbetter (404-805-6310; dledbetter@ajc.com)

Website: ProFootballWriters.org; Twitter: @PFWAwriters

NEW YORK — The Pro Football Writers of America, the official voice of pro football writers fighting and promoting for access to NFL personnel to best serve the public, is extremely disappointed in the lack of meaningful access to Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch at the Super Bowl XLVIII media day on Tuesday.

Several of our long-standing and high profile members were appalled by Mr. Lynch’s conduct and refusal to answer any questions.

We find the statement by the league [More]